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Read to learn the history and significance of the Akathist Hymn. God Jesus, Jesus Christ, Image Photography, Portrait Photography, History Icon, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Heart And Mind, Religion

The Akathist Hymn: ode to the Invincible General - The Ascetic Experience

Read to learn the history and significance of the Akathist Hymn. Also learn why the Mother of God is the Invincible General.

The orthodox priest is the presbyter from the Bible. Presbyter is, in the Bible, a synonym for bishop (episkopos), referring to a leader in local Church. Orthodox Priest, Orthodox Christianity, Sacrament Of Holy Orders, Priest Outfit, Romans 10 15, Old Greek, Married Men, Christian Church, Photo Journal

The Orthodox Priest - Full Photo Journal - The Ascetic Experience

The orthodox priest is the presbyter from the Bible. Presbyter is, in the Bible, a synonym for bishop (episkopos), referring to a leader in local Church...

Eight evil thoughts & how to overcome them — Photo journal from the feast of saint Ephraim the Syrian (audio) Image Photography, Portrait Photography, Father Forgive Them, Audio, Orthodox Christianity, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Orthodox Icons, Heart And Mind

The eight evil thoughts - St. Ephraim the Syrian - The Ascetic Experience

Read a famous, short, clear and effective text on how to fight the eight evil thoughts, text based on St. Ephraim the Syrian. Amazing photos from the feast.

The kondakion of Nativity is of divine inspiration - photo report from Nativity - The Ascetic Experience Old Fashion Christmas Tree, Retro Christmas, Christmas Christmas, Photo Report, Orthodox Christianity, Saint Nicholas, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Spirituality

The kondakion of Nativity is of divine inspiration - photo report from Nativity - The Ascetic Experience

During the reign of Emperor Anastasios I (491-518), a young deacon moved to Constantinople. He led an ascetic life of prayer and fasting, but in his humility he thought of himself as being rather worldly. He was not at first considered to be either a talented reader or singer. He was, however, loved by the Patriarch of Constantinople because of his great humility. Once, around the year 518, while serving in the Church of the Panagia at Blachernae, during the All-Night Vigil for the Feast of…

Byzantine Chant recognized by UNESCO as part of Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience Spiritual Photos, Spiritual Gifts, Byzantine Icons, Music Mood, Heart And Mind, Audio, Dear Friend, Image Photography, World Cultures

Byzantine Chant recognized by UNESCO as part of Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

Byzantine Chant is not just another form of music. It is a tool on which we can pray better. It is, in fact, a form of melodic prayer. If the music in general is composed to be listened to, the psaltic music is made to pray to the fullest and therefore it sounds best in the Church and not so much in the concerts. The Byzantine Chant is primarily focused on the glory of God and that is because we are here in the valley of sorrows and, therefore, in general, sentimental music sets us apart…

***What we need to help the others – photo journal from the Presentation of Christ – part the liturgy (Audio)*** Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute nothing to him. One does not help a person by. Jesus Is Lord, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, We Need, Kirchen, Sunday School, Photo S, Christianity

What we need to help the others - photo journal from the Presentation of Christ - part 2: the liturgy (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute nothing to him. One does not help a person by discerning what is wrong, what is ugly, what is distorted. Christ looked at everyone he met, at the prostitute, at the thief, and saw the beauty hidden there. Perhaps it was distorted, perhaps damaged, but it was beauty none the less, and what he did was to call out this beauty. Based on Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the following photos you can see…

***Educating children is a sacred duty – Photo Journal from the Presentation of Christ – part vigil (Audio)*** Having children is a matter of nature; but raising them and educating them in the virtues is. Jesus Is Lord, Jesus Christ, John Chrysostom, Church Interior, Audio Music, Orthodox Christianity, Quote Life, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal

Educating children is a sacred duty - Photo Journal from the Presentation of Christ - part 1: vigil (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

Having children is a matter of nature; but raising them and educating them in the virtues is a matter of mind and will. I am speaking of educating children’s hearts in virtue and piety—a sacred duty which cannot be transgressed. That’s why we must offer them to the Lord. Based on St. John Chrysostom In these photos you can see candid shots from the vigil of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple which was honored by the presence of Metr. Makarios of Sidirokastrou. Click below to listen a…

***The serenity of an abbot – Photo Journal from the name day of the Abbot Ephraim – part the vigil (Audio)*** An abbot was always very serene even if he had a big brotherhood to deal with. Once upon a time a disciple asked him. Church Interior, Name Day, Religious Images, Orthodox Christianity, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Classical Art, Christian Art, Pose Reference

The serenity of an abbot - Photo Journal from the name day of the Abbot Ephraim - part 1: the vigil (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

An abbot was always very serene even if he had a big brotherhood to deal with. Once upon a time a disciple asked him: “My elder, how do you succeed in being so calm?” The abbot replied: “Before I give any command, I say to myself not to get angry if nobody will listen to it” In these photos you will find candid shots from the vigil held on the occasion of the name day of the Abbot Ephraim of Vatopaidi. Four bishops were present . From left to right: Amphilohios of Kissamou, Ioustinos of…

***God’s biggest miracle for us – photo journal from the feast of miracle-working icon of Paramythia (Audio)*** The miracle working icon of Paramythia (“the one who comforts”) took the name not from the big miracle which she made. Dorm Canvas Art, 3 Piece Canvas Art, Easy Art Lessons, Art Lessons Elementary, Art Quotes Funny, Wall Art Quotes, Christian World, Christian Art, Modern Pop Art

God's biggest miracle for us - photo journal from the feast of miracle-working icon of Paramythia (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

The miracle working icon of Paramythia (“the one who comforts”) took the name not from the big miracle which she made by escaping the monks and the monastery from pirates but from her look after the miracle which is a very comforting expression of her face. This shows us that the biggest miracle of God and His saints is mercy. These photos are from the Paramythia’s feast depicting how the monks took her from her chapel to the main church (katholikon) and the entire service which followed…

***How to deal with your talents – Photo journal from Theophany – part Liturgy (Audio)*** Be humble about your talents. Be thankful for your gifts. God Jesus, Jesus Christ, Greek Icons, Russian Orthodox, Orthodox Christianity, World Religions, Quote Life, Religious Icons, Spiritual Gifts

How to deal with your talents - Photo journal from Theophany - part 2: Liturgy (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

Be humble about your talents. Be thankful for your gifts. Be giving in your blessings. And through everything, remember that the world does not need to know about your good works. Your Father sees everything. As Christians, we live to hear the praise from an audience of One. When the world puts the spotlight on you, point to Him. When the world praises you, praise Him. In these photos you can see Metr. Dyonisius of Corinth at the Feast of Theophany – Vatopaidi, 2017 Click to play a live…

Unity heals, separation wounds - Photo Journal from the service of Holy Unction (Audio) Jesus Christ, God Jesus, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Byzantine, Holy Spirit, Unity, Holi, Spirituality

Unity heals, separation wounds - Photo Journal from the service of Holy Unction (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

Unity heals, separation wounds. This is true both in the Church and in the family. That’s why we must find ways to go forward . Our life requres patience, humility and prayer. Let us not do deeds of which we’ll be ashamed in the future. In these photos are depicted moments from the service of Holy Unction at Vatopaidi before Christmas. Click Here to listen some troparia from this service chanted live by the fathers: If you want to pray for you or to donate, click here.Related Portfolio…

The pride of our academy are our saints - Photo Journal from the Feast of Holy Founders. Part The Liturgy (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience God Jesus, Jesus Christ, Quote Life, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Byzantine, Image Photography, Moscow, Holi

The pride of our academy are our saints - Photo Journal from the Feast of Holy Founders. Part 2: The Liturgy (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

The pride of our academy are our saints. This gives us the reason to continue. From St. Philaret of Moscow and St. Theopan the Recluse till St. Tikhon of Moscow and St. John of Kronstadt our forerunners enlighten the path on which we must go. We must have the courage to learn about them, to learn from them and to follow them. Based on Bishop Ambrose of Peterhof, dean of the St. Petersburg’s Theological Academy In the following photos you can see candid shots from the feast of the Holy…

***Orthodoxy is the true path – Photo Journal (the footpath till Pantokrator) (Audio)** Orthodoxy as the true path to the heavenly Jerusalem does not guarantee that the path will be “ok”. It guarantees that. Forest Landscape, Quote Life, Christian Church, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, God Jesus, Image Photography, Art Education, Wilderness

Orthodoxy is the true path - Photo Journal (the footpath to the Pantokrator Monastery) (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

Orthodoxy as the true path to the heavenly Jerusalem does not guarantee that the path will be “ok”. It guarantees that, if you follow the path, you will be “ok” and that you will safely reach the goal – if you follow faithfully the teachings of Orthodoxy. Scenes along the footpath between the Monastery of Vatopaidi and the Monastery of Pantokrator. Here is a progressive koinonikon from a humble day fitted to this humble and sleek photo journal in order to get you out from your daily burden…

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Merry Christmas! (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7 Listen the Irmos of the Nativity…

Christ on Earth: between betrayals - Photo Journal from Nativity (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience God Jesus, Jesus Christ, Favorite Christmas Songs, Cleric, Quote Life, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Christmas Nativity, Betrayal

Christ on Earth: between betrayals - Photo Journal from Nativity (2015) (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

We usually say that Judas betrayed Christ. While it is true, this does not depict the entire life of our Lord on earth. In fact, the life of our Lord on earth was between betrayals: He was betrayed shortly after He was born and He was betrayed shortly before His death. While the last betrayal is more known, now we will focus on 1st betrayal: When the magi came from the east and asked “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship…

***The spiritual nature of hymns – A photo journal with Vatopaidi’s choir (Audio)*** Also, a live record from Christmas Divine Liturgy # God Jesus, Jesus Christ, John Chrysostom, Spiritual Gifts, Photo Journal, Sacred Art, Amazing Quotes, Choir, Christianity

The spiritual nature of hymns - A photo journal with Vatopaidi's choir (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience

Sometimes chanting in moderation soothes the temper remarkably. But sometimes, if untimely and immoderate, it lends itself to the lure of pleasure. Let us then appoint definite times for this, and so make good use of it. Correctly used, nothing so arouses the soul, gives it wing, sets it free from the earth, releases it from the prison of the body, teaches it to love wisdom and to despise all the things of this life, as concordant melody and sacred song composed in rhythm. Based on St. John…